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Educator: Schools Must Address Poverty, Abuse, Cultural Differences, so Students Can Truly Learn

Imagine a classroom of 30 kids. If that imaginary classroom mirrored the U.S., seven students would be living in poverty. Six would not speak English as their first language. One would be homeless. That’s why teachers need to consider students’ lives outside school when they teach them in the classroom, said Tyrone Howard, a professor of education at UCLA. If children are hungry, scared or feeling different, they’re going to find it harder to learn, Howard said.